Guide to Timely Billing

Report
Guide to Timely Billing
Office of Health Insurance Programs (OHIP)
Division of OHIP Operations
July 25, 2013
1. Introduction
2. Regulations
3. Acceptable Delay Reasons
4. Timeliness Edits
5. Resources
6. Questions
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NYS Regulation - Billing for Medical Assistance
Title 18, Section 540.6(a) - enforced since March 1978
90 days - Claims for payment of medical care, services,
or supplies to eligible beneficiaries must be initially
submitted within 90 days of the date of service.
60 days - Claims with errors or requiring
documentation must be corrected/resubmitted within
60 days of notification.
30 days - Claims outside the control of the provider
must be submitted within 30 days of coming within
their control.
2 years – Claims must be finally submitted within 2
years.
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Regulatory Authority: 18 NYCRR 540.6(a)(1)
Claims for payment for medical care, services or supplies furnished by any
provider under the medical assistance program must be initially submitted
within 90 days of the date the medical care, services or supplies were furnished
to an eligible person to be valid and enforceable against the department or a
social services district, unless the provider's submission of the claims is delayed
beyond 90 days due to circumstances outside of the control of the provider.
Regulatory Basis: 18 NYCRR 635.1(a)
Reimbursement for services provided to recipients of MA shall be claimed on
schedules and formats prescribed by the department and in accordance with
instructions of the department.
Statutory authority: Social Services Law, 20, 34, 363-a,
364, 365-a, 367-b, 368-a, 368-b
Helping Providers to Comply with
Timely Billing Regulations
• Beginning in 2006 the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General
(OMIG) performed delayed claim reviews/audits. Recent reviews
have continued to show misreporting of delay reasons.
• OMIG identified over $3 billion in average annual payments for
claims submitted beyond timely filing limit.
• OHIP is working to increase provider compliance with delay
reason reporting on claims through provider education, claim
validation, manual review and HIPAA compliance.
• OHIP published updates to Provider Manual - General Billing for
all providers, Medicaid Update articles, Listserv notices,
and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on delayed claims.
HIPAA Delay Reasons and Codes
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2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
Proof of Eligibility Unknown or Unavailable
Litigation
Authorization Delays
Delay in Certifying Provider
Delay in Supplying Billing Forms
Delay in Delivery of Custom-made Appliances
Third Party Processing Delay
Delay in Eligibility Determination
Original Claim Rejected or Denied Due to a Reason
Unrelated to the Billing Limitation Rules
10 Administrative Delay in the Prior Approval Process
11 Other
15 Natural Disaster
1. Proof of Eligibility
Unknown or Unavailable
• Beneficiary’s eligibility status is unknown or
unavailable on date of service due to the
beneficiary not informing provider of eligibility.
• Claim must be submitted within 30 days from the
date of notification of eligibility.
• Not applicable to adjusted or resubmitted claims.
2. Litigation
• When litigation was involved and there was
possibility that payment for claim may come
from another source, such as a lawsuit.
• Claim must be submitted within 30 days from
the time submission came within the control of
the provider.
3. Authorization Delays
• Applies when there is a State administrative delay.
Specifically, State authorized/directed delayed claim
submissions due to retro reimbursement changes or
system processing resolution.
• Documentation from the applicable state rate setting
or policy office must be maintained on file.
• Claim must be submitted within 30 days from the
date of notification.
4. Delay in
Certifying Provider
• Valid when delay caused by change in
provider’s enrollment status.
• Examples: provider’s specialty, affiliation,
accreditation, certification, etc.
• Claim must be submitted within 30 days
from the date of notification.
5. Delay in
Supplying Billing Forms
• Applies to paper claims submitted using
non-standard forms (no UB-04).
• Electronic claims will deny when this
reason is reported.
• Claims must be submitted within 30 days
from the time submission came within
provider’s control.
6. Delay in Delivery of
Custom-made Appliances
• This delay reason not accepted by NYS Medicaid.
• Claims will deny when this reason is reported.
7. Third Party
Processing Delay
• Claims must be submitted to Medicare and/or
other Third Party Insurance before Medicaid.
• Applies when processing by Medicare or another
payer (a third party insurer) caused delay.
• Claims must be submitted within 30 days from
date submission came within provider’s control.
• Paper claims must include an Explanation of
Medical Benefits (EOMB).
8. Delay in Eligibility
Determination
• Valid when beneficiary’s eligibility date and/or
coverage was changed or backdated due to
eligibility determination administrative delays,
appeals, fair hearings or litigation.
• Claim must be submitted within 30 days from
the date of notification of eligibility.
9. Original Claim Rejected
or Denied Due to Reason
Unrelated to the Billing
Limitation Rules
• Valid for resubmitted claims when original claim
and any resubmissions were submitted timely and
were not denied or rejected for timeliness edits.
• Corrected claim must be submitted within 60 days
of the date of notification.
• Delay reason is invalid for adjustments.
10. Administrative Delay
in the Prior
Approval Process
• Applies only to services/supplies requiring prior
approval where prior approval is granted after the
date of service due to administrative appeals, fair
hearings or litigation
• Valid if claim ages over 90 days during this process.
• Claims must be submitted within 30 days
from the time of notification.
11. Other
Reason code 11 should only
be used for one of the following reasons:
A - Adjustment/Recoupment of Paid Claim
B - Audit Directed Replacement of a Voided Claim
C - Provider Initiated Replacement of a Voided Claim
D - Interrupted Maternity Care
E - IPRO Denial/Reversal
11. Other A -Adjustment of Paid Claim/
Recoupment by Managed Care
• Paid claim requiring correction/resubmission
through adjustment or void of original claim
for a delay reason not listed above.
• Includes claims previously paid by a Medicaid
Managed Care Plan and later recouped due to
retroactive disenrollment from the plan.
• Must be submitted within 60 days of date of
notification.
11 Other –
B - Audit Directed
Replacement of
a Voided Claim
• An audit agency directed provider to void an
original claim and to resubmit a replacement
claim for the same beneficiary & related service.
• If Date of Service is aged over 90 days when the
replacement claim is submitted, reason B applies.
• Replacement claim must be submitted within 60
days from the time of notification.
11. Other –
C - Provider Initiated
Replacement of a Voided claim
• Valid when provider, as part of their internal control and
compliance plan, discovers an original claim that must be
voided due to an incorrect beneficiary or provider
identification (ID) number. Claim cannot be corrected by
an adjustment and must be voided.
• Replacement claim with corrected ID must be submitted
within 60 days from discovery of the incorrect ID, but no
later than two years from the date of service.
11. Other –
D - Interrupted Maternity Care
• Use this reason for prenatal care claims delayed
over 90 days because delivery was performed by
a physician unaffiliated with the practitioner or
physician group who gave the prenatal care.
• Claim must be submitted within 30 days from
the time of notification of delivery.
11. Other –
E - IPRO Denial/Reversal
• IPRO (Island Peer Review Organization)
previously denied the claim, but the denial
was reversed on appeal.
• Claim must be submitted within 30 days
from the time of notification from IPRO.
15. Natural Disaster
• This delay reason can be used for delays due to
natural disaster and is available for only limited
use following a declaration of State Disaster
Emergency in the provider’s county.
• Claims must be submitted within 30 days from
the time submission came within the control of
the provider.
Updates in Recent Years
2010 – Existing “90 Day” Edits Revised to Validate Delay Reasons
2011 – Revised Billing Guidelines Published in Provider Manual
2011 – New “eMedNY Delay Reason Code Form”
(available in July 2011 and required beginning May 2012)
2012 – Adjustments to Paid Claims Required Delay Reason Code
(April 2012)
2012 – Eight New Delay Reason Validation Edits Implemented
(phased in April 2012 through April 2013)
2013 – Updated Billing Guidelines and FAQs Published
2013 – Three new Delay Reason Edits to be Implemented
Timeliness Edits
New Edits for Original and Adjusted Delayed Claims
• OHIP is working to increase provider compliance with delay reason reporting.
• Enhanced editing checks delay reason codes used on both original and
adjustments to paid claims. If the delay reason reported does not apply, the
claim is denied.
• Following are new and existing edits created/modified to verify the validity of
Delay Reason Codes reported on both original and adjustments to paid claims.
• These edits will translate to Claim Adjustment Reason/Group Code CO 29 (Time
Limit for Filing has Expired) and Claim Status Code 718 (Claim/Service Not
Submitted within Required Timeframe) or, for Pharmacy, NCPDP Reject Code
81 (Claim Too Old).
Timeliness Edits
Original claims and Adjustments to paid claims are both
subject to the following existing edits:
Edit 00068 - Claim Submission Date not within required time
limits (CO 29, Claim Status Code 187, NCPDP Reject 70);
Edit 00658 - Inpatient claim not submitted within required time
limits (CO 29, HIPAA Claim Status Code 188);
Edit 01007 - Institutional claim not submitted within required
time limits (CO 29, HIPAA Claim Status Code 187).
New Timeliness Validation Edits
Edit 02157 - Delay Reason Code 1 (Proof of Eligibility Unknown) Invalid
Edit 02158 - Delay Reason Code 2 (Litigation) Invalid
Edit 02159 - Delay Reason Code 3 (Authorization Delays) Invalid
Edit 02160 - Delay Reason Code 4 (Delay in Certifying Provider) Invalid
Edit 02161 - Delay Reason Code 5 (Delay in Supplying Billing Forms) Invalid
Edit 02162 - Delay Reason Code 7 (Third Party Processing Delay) Invalid
Edit 02163 - Delay Reason Code 8 (Delay in Eligibility Determination) Invalid
Edit 02164 - Delay Code 9 (Original Claim Denied Unrelated to Timeliness Edits) Invalid
Edit 02165 - Delay Code 10 (Administrative Delay in Prior Approval Process) Invalid
Edit 02166 - Delay Reason Code 11 (Other Delay) Invalid
Edit 02223 - Delay Reason Code 15 (Natural Disaster) Invalid
How to Submit
Delayed Claims
• Delayed Claims can be billed electronically or on paper
claim forms submitted to Computer Sciences Corp.
• It is the provider’s responsibility to determine and report
the appropriate delay reason code.
• If supporting documentation is required, submit with
paper claim form and eMedNY Delay Reason Code Form.
• The required eMedNY Delay Reason Code Form can be
found in pdf format in FOD – 7001 at this location:
https://www.emedny.org/info/TimelyBillingInformation_index.aspx
Resources
Information for All Providers - General Billing Guidelines:
https://www.emedny.org/ProviderManuals/AllProviders/PDFS
/Information_for_All_Providers-General_Billing.pdf
March 2012 Medicaid Update Article (pages 7-10):
http://www.health.ny.gov/health_care/medicaid/program/up
date/2012/march12mu.pdf
Delayed Claim Submission Frequently Asked Questions:
https://www.emedny.org/ProviderManuals/AllProviders/PDFS
/FAQs_on_delayed_claims.pdf.
For questions related to the denial of specific claims, contact
the eMedNY Call Center at 1-800-343-9000.
Questions

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